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Clive sbu96cep at reading.ac.uk
Wed Jul 29 08:12:49 EST 1998

Hi, I just thought that you would like to know a few interesting things
about deadly nightshade which is indeed very poisionous, except to birds
which eat the seeds which helps in their dispersal.

It is also linked to the myths about witches flying, as many years ago
they would get into a frenzy and smear the berries or an extract over
their broomsticks and then 'stimulate' themselves with it. As the poision
isnt that strong this way they had vivid hallucenogenic visions where they
thought they were flying. Witches were therefore thought to be able to

Sorry for being Gross!


On Fri, 24 Jul 1998, Miles wrote:

> Nightshade is poisonous! I am not sure what it will do, but I dont want
> to find out. We had some in our backyard and my husband knew what it was
> right away, and we ripped it out. It is a beautiful vine, I wanted to
> keep it, but we have kids!!The best way to tell if something is
> poisousnous is if the berries are left on,, birds etc. will not touch
> them.
> Melloney B wrote:
> > does anyone know what the plant
> > Bella Donna
> > or
> > Deadly nightshade
> > can do, is it poisnous, and how do you identify it, and how deadly is
> > it?????

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